June 5, 2001
The International Joint Commission (IJC) notes that precipitation for April and
May in the Rainy Lake - Namakan Chain of Lakes basin was the highest since
1948. Water levels on Rainy Lake and the Namakan Chain of Lakes are the
highest seen since 1968 and exceed levels at which the Commission requires that
all gates and fishways at the discharge facilities at the outlets of these
lakes be fully open.
The Commission notes that it appears that water levels on Namakan Lake have
peaked and that levels on Rainy Lake are expected to peak soon.
The Commission's International Rainy Lake Board of Control (IRLBC) plans to
issue a more detailed
in the near future, which will also appear
on the IJC's web site
. The Commission has also asked the IRLBC
to review the situation that occurred this spring and provide a written report
to the Commission. The Commission will make the report available to the public.
More information on water levels and flows can be found at:
The International Joint Commission regulates the levels of Rainy and Namakan
Lakes under the 1938 Rainy Lake Convention between Canada and the United